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SIGGRAPH 2005 Announces Computer Animation Festival Program



(Chicago, IL) -- ACM SIGGRAPH today announced the program for the Computer Animation Festival for SIGGRAPH 2005, the 32nd International Conference on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques, being held 31 July to 4 August 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The Computer Animation Festival jury chose 68 selections from 560 entries for exemplary use of computer-generated imagery and compelling storytelling. This year marks the first two-time winner (Baginski) in the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival history. Additionally, there are 38 international selections, 11 scientific, and 26 student pieces in the Festival.

The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is an internationally recognized event that engages and inspires artists and technologists alike. Each year, it serves as a mirror of what is possible today and a window into what can be achieved in the future.

"We are thrilled that student submissions continue to exceed our expectations, as evidenced by the fact that two of our three award winners are students," said Samuel Lord Black, a long-time SIGGRAPH volunteer and the 2005 Chair of the Computer Animation Festival. "International participation also is outstanding, as more than half of the show comes from outside the United States, with France (particularly French students) making an especially strong showing. This year's show is broad with a wonderful mix of science, humor, drama, excitement, and music. Our dedicated jury put together a tremendous show."

"In 2005, we made a special outreach to highlight the scientific visualization community. Our industry's roots are in this field, and I have long thought that there should be a stronger scientific representation in the Computer Animation Festival. The outreach effort paid off in the form of excellent scientific submissions. In fact, the scientific pieces had the highest acceptance rate of all categories."

Highlights From the SIGGRAPH 2005 Computer Animation Festival



9 (Best of Show)


Shane Acker
United States
A mechanical beast attacks two rag doll creatures as they scavenge the ruins of their world. After witnessing the death of his mentor 5, the rag doll 9 must call on all its courage and confront this vile creature alone. Only through cunning and the use of his primitive technology can 9 hope to destroy the monster and steal the talisman of trapped souls it carries as a trophy.

Fallen Art (Jury Honors)


Tomek Baginski
Platige Image
Poland
The scene is a decaying, forgotten military base in the Pacific where soldiers who have lost their minds due to the hardships of war have gathered to complete one final mission. The main characters include Sergeant Al who cultivates his love for the brave soldiers; Dr. Friedrich who cultivates his talent for photography; and the mentally lost General A who creates his art not through paper or canvas, but something completely surprising and different.

La Migration Bigoudenn (Jury Honors)


Eric Castaing, Alexandre Heboyan, Fafah Togora
Gobelins, l'école de l'image
France
A gathering of Brittany ladies in traditional dress compete in a contest to cook the Breton specialty of crêpes of an ethereal lightness in a mystifying and enthralling storyline.

Awkward


Cesar Kuriyama
Pratt Institute
United States
When boredom strikes three friends with nothing to do and brain cells to kill, the answer arrives in the form of delightful beer. Sadly for our trio, a sudden and unwelcome discovery turns their night of fun, games, and chummy drunkenness into a humiliating fiasco.

Cubic Tragedy


Ming-Yuan Chuan
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Taiwan
A polygonian girl tries to make herself prettier by using her new cosmetic tools (for polygon modeling of course), and by doing so accidentally ruins her own face. This tragedy may have inspired one of the world's most famous paintings.

East End Zombies


Damian Hook
NCCA Bournemouth University
United Kingdom
The scene is London's East End, where a herd of zombies are invading and creating chaos. The only hope is for our hero to save the day. This animation was created using Maya and Shake under Red Hat ES Linux. The short story is written by Ed Clayton and narrated by Jan Weddup. The short is animated using a quirky caricature-style technique, while the action takes place in a carefully staged 3D environment.

Gopher Broke


Jeff Fowler
Blur Studio
United States
Styled in classic cartoon-comedy tradition, "Gopher Broke" tells the tale of a cunning rodent's smashing encounter with a produce truck on a lonely country road.

Learn Self Defense


Chris Harding
Chris Harding Animation Concern
United States
After being brutally attacked in an alley, a man named George decides he must learn to protect himself. A cocksure narrator walks him through five practical lessons of self-defense for the individual, or nation-state!

Love Letters


Jeff Paul
Art Institute of California-San Francisco
United States
The creator of the piece, Jeff Paul, explains: "I produced this animation as a way of proposing to my girlfriend. I assembled a team of 20 animators to assist me, including co-workers and students from my 3D character animation class at the Art Institute of California-San Francisco. We created more than four minutes of animation in just three months. When it was completed, I surprised my girlfriend by bringing her to a local theater where they played the animation on the big screen in front of over 100 of our friends and family. The entire event was filmed for the TLC television show 'Perfect Proposal.' The animation was created in Maya and edited in After Effects."

MODIS Daily Global Snow Cover and Sea Ice Surface Temperature


Dorothy Hall
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
United States
A highly technical piece that portrays the Northern Hemisphere with data collected via daily MODIS satellite images acquired during the winter of 2002-2003. Darkness increases with the onset of autumn, reaching a maximum at the Winter Solstice on 21 December. Thereafter, the circle of darkness shrinks as the period of daylight increases. Daily changes in sea ice are shown as ice-surface temperature. The snow tracks of several winter storms across the United States can be clearly seen. Snow from such storms may melt quickly or linger for weeks.

"Madagascar" Technical Reel


Philippe Gluckman
DreamWorks Animation
United States
The piece is a three-minute showcase of technical achievement in the making of "Madagascar," from DreamWorks Animation. It includes four key areas of production: extreme character deformations using the latest developments in rigging systems; squash-and-stretch 3D character animation; sand and fire effects; and major effects systems such as the ocean, jungle, and integration and variations of furry crowds.

Chohon


Eunju Kim, Jung Sun Choi, Junsang Yoon, Kinam Kim, Youngju Park, Youno Park Chung-Ang University
South Korea
The scene is Korea in 1940. Hyun, a young man serving his nation in resistance against Japan's rule, is injured. A geisha, Hee, helps him, and they immediately fall in love. A geisha colleague betrays them and reveals his identity, but Hyun thinks Hee betrayed him and leaves her. Shortly thereafter, Hee is killed by a Japanese policeman. Fortunately, Hyun encounters Hee's ghost, and they resolve the tragic misunderstanding.

Surly Squirrel


Peter Lepeniotis
Canada
A starving park squirrel and a city rat come across a discarded pizza slice. The duo's greed disrupts the natural order of the park. Simultaneously, across the street from the park, a bank heist is taking place in the human world. The two worlds collide in an uproarious escape for both rodents and bankrobbers alike. The story culminates in a desperate car chase with police and park animals in hot pursuit. The pigeons save the day, restoring order to both worlds, for now ... until the sequel!

Things That Go Bump in the Night


Joshua Beveridge
Ringling School of Art and Design
United States
What is a child's true deepest fear? A small child worries about what might be bumping in the shadows of night, but nothing he imagined could have prepared him for this.

Venice Beach


Jung-Ho Kim
Dongseo University
South Korea
Two crabs are exercising in a gym when a stranger (another crab) appears in front of them. They experience an absurd situation because of the new crab. This is the story of how they resolve the encounter.

Visualization of an F3 Tornado Within a Simulated Supercell Thunderstorm


Robert Patterson, Donna Cox
National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
United States
The simulation and visualization of tornado genesis recreates a super-twister similar to one that ripped through Manchester, South Dakota, in 2003. The initial conditions were seeded with recorded pre-storm physical conditions near Manchester. The digital thunderstorm simulates the actual physical eruption and growth of the deadly tornado.

Visualization feature extraction algorithms locate tracer particles at critical points in the evolution. Derivative streamtubes track the motion of these virtual weightless particles and show airflow geometry in and around the tornado. Streamtubes are orange when rising and blue when falling. The tornado is represented as spheres rising in the updraft and colored by pressure. The tilting cones represent wind speed and direction at the ground plane and show the interaction of warm and cold air around the developing tornado.

The second counter-rotating satellite tornado was not observed in Manchester; however, this phenomenon has been infrequently recorded by storm chasers. The visualization extracts the satellite tornado though it was a surprise to the scientists who developed the simulation model.

The Zit


Mike Blum
Pipsqueak Films
United States
Timmy, a young boy preparing for the big school dance, is forced to deal with his first pimple problem - and what a problem it is! Every attempt he makes to rid himself of the ever-growing dilemma only succeeds in making the situation worse. Timmy hatches an ingenious plan to rectify his situation, but can't anticipate the surprising consequences of his actions.

The complete list of SIGGRAPH 2005 Computer Animation Festival selections

Over 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents will gather at SIGGRAPH 2005 to showcase their best work to a multi-disciplinary international community. A comprehensive technical program and special events focusing on research, art, animation, games, interactivity, and the web are planned. SIGGRAPH 2005 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services for the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 2 - 4 August 2005.

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